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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

'Cheating' Can Be An Effective Learning Strategy

Paul Morton iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 10:19 am

It's the end of the semester here at UC Berkeley, and I've got testing on my mind. I'm not the only one; across campus, instructors are engaged in the arduous task of grading quickly and fairly while students sigh with relief as they exit their final, final exams.

We most often think of tests as being about assessment. They tell us something about how successfully an individual has mastered the material being tested, and this assessment can in turn help us to assign grades, make determinations about placement or identify areas that would benefit from further study.

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Planet Money
1:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ask A Banker: Capital, Capital!

Paul Goyette Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 12:09 pm

Hi, it's Ask a Banker! You should send us questions on email or Twitter, but this particular question, though timely, was made up by me, sorry:

Q. Should banks be required to hold much more capital as a safety net? Or should they be putting that money to productive use by lending it out instead?

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Monkey See
1:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Reaction Saturation And Sunday Night Television

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Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 7:57 am

Consider what goes on in your brain when you, for instance, you watch an episode of Mad Men.

First, you have a reaction. "That's weird" is a reaction. So is "yuck." So is "wow." "This doesn't make sense" is a reaction, "that's a great dress" is a reaction, and "WHAT?" is a reaction.

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All Tech Considered
1:13 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Can Losing Weight In Your 'Second Life' Help In Your First?

A player avatar runs on a treadmill in the virtual world of Second Life. Researchers used the online game to see if it could help people maintain weight loss habits in the real world.
Courtesy of Univeristy of Kansas Medical Center

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

There is no shortage of diet programs available to those that seek to lose weight. But for many, taking those initial steps into a weight loss and exercise program can be an intimidating leap.

A new study from the University of Kansas Medical Center, however, shows that the online game Second Life helped some people lose weight — and keep it off — in real life.

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Music Interviews
1:07 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Marques Toliver: An R&B Crooner With Strings Attached

Marques Toliver's debut album is called Land of CanAan.
Athos Burez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

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Parallels
12:51 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Pope Francis Puts The Poor Front And Center

Pope Francis blesses a child Sunday after the Holy Mass at St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 8:06 pm

Over the past week, Pope Francis has launched a crescendo of attacks on the global financial system and what he calls a "cult of money" that does not help the poor.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

ABC's Karl Expresses Regret, But Stands By Benghazi Story

ABC News' Jonathan Karl, delivering his initial report, part of which he now regrets.
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ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl now says he regrets that some key parts of a major story he reported on May 10 were wrong.

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Author Interviews
12:44 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Stories Of Hope Amid America's 'Unwinding'

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of deal among Americans — a deal in which everyone had a place.

"People were more constrained than they are today, they had less freedom," he says, "but they had more security and there was a sense in which each generation felt that the next generation would be able to improve itself, to do better."

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Sunday Puzzle
12:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Put On Your Thinking Hat

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Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with H-A and the second word starts with T.

Last week's challenge: From listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, N.J. Name a famous American man — first and last names. Change the first letter of his first name from T to H. The result will sound like a term for an attractive person. Who is it?

Answer: Ted Turner; head turner

Winner: Vernon Cole, Brownsboro, Ala.

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Television
12:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Brooks: "I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More"

Once vehemently opposed to the idea of being the subject of a documentary, Brooks had a change of heart. The result is a new American Masters episode, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.
WNET/American Masters

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 10:54 am

Over the 60 years that Mel Brooks has been in the entertainment business, his name has become synonymous with comedy. He is the man who broke Broadway records for most Tony Award wins with The Producers (an adaptation of his own movie); who satirized Westerns and racism in Blazing Saddles; and who poked fun at monster movies with Young Frankenstein.

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